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Style / The Runway shoot



Photos by: Luke Copping

 

Buffalo State Runway celebrated its tenth annual fashion show in April with thousands in attendance. Just like Project Runway, each year a panel of judges selects a winner from collections by senior designers. Graduating senior Ashton Warner was awarded first place and won a fashion spread in Spree—shot by award-winning photographer Luke Copping. Her collection is inspired by the historic tragedy of the 1904 General Slocum fire/shipwreck in the upper East River. Working with elements of fire, wind and water,  the “Slocum” collection came to life using lightweight fabrics sculpted around the body to create movement and oversized proportions. In talking with Warner about her collection and its connection to the disaster, she states, “The silhouettes hold chaos within the movement, to emulate the fear the victims acted upon by jumping into the river to escape the flames. I took silk chiffon and burned the edges in order to create a charred effect that stands out and contrasts with the soft silhouettes.” We worked with Ashton and her team to scout locations and found SS Columbia, the 114-year-old excursion boat docked on the Buffalo River at Silo City. The SS Columbia is the oldest remaining excursion steamship in the United States. The rusting, ghostly ship offers not only the perfect setting for Warner’s winning collection, but also a unique opportunity for Buffalo State fashion and design students to curate a professional shoot.

 

Model: Jessica Coyle

Fashion editor: Erin Habes

Photographer: Luke Copping

Designer: Ashton Warner

Stylist: Laura Roberts

Hair: Ted McKnight

Makeup: Erika Fraas

Jewelry: Moda Vintage

Shoes: Target

 

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